Remembrance Day commemoration at Wauchope Cenotaph on November 11

Remembrance Day 2018.
Remembrance Day 2018.

The Wauchope community, veterans, their families and friends are invited to attend the Remembrance Day commemoration at the cenotaph on Monday November 11.

Wauchope RSL Sub-branch will conduct the event beginning at 10.45am. It's a chance to reflect on the significance of the day, to express gratitude for all who have, and who continue to serve, and to honour the spirit of all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in defence of our nation, then and now.

The guns fell silent on 11 November 1918, marking the end to the fighting of the First World War. In World War One, Australia was a small nation with a population of fewer than five million. From this small population base, no fewer than 416,809 men enlisted, of whom 302,000 served overseas. Of these, 62,000 were killed and 155,000 wounded.

At least a further 8,000 died of war-related injuries after the war. These figures do not include the neurological trauma inflicted on so many soldiers, which negatively affected their lives and those of their families for many years afterwards. Some never recovered.

"In these circumstances, it is no surprise that November 11 - the day the carnage stopped - became a date of enduring significance. Armistice Day, as it was known then, became the day to commemorate the sacrifice of the war," said Major Mick Brownlow.

After the service, veterans and their guests are invited to gather at the Wauchope RSL Club for a luncheon.